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Archive for Monday, July 29, 1996

CITY BOWLERS SHINE AT SUNFLOWER GAMES

July 29, 1996

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Lawrence bowlers took the opportunity to show off at the Sunflower State Games Sunday at Royal Crest Lanes.

City bowlers picked up 16 total medals in the competition, including five golds. Topeka bowlers finished with seven medals and two event titles.

Lawrence's Mike Tennyson Jr., 22, bowled a 259 in his scratch division semifinal match against Brian Sexton. It was the highest unhandicapped score of the day.

Tennyson struggled in his championship duel with Catherine Schwindt. Tennyson held a commanding lead until the seventh frame of the match, when he was unable to pick up a 7-10 split. Until that point Tennyson had bowled five consecutive strikes.

"I couldn't miss my mark earlier today," Tennyson said. "But I had a few problems and she nearly came back on me in the championship. She really had me scared for a while."

Schwindt was unable to pass Tennyson, who left no frames open in the remainder of the match and Tennyson pulled out a gold medal victory, 211-203.

Tennyson, Schwindt and Sexton combined for a Lawrence sweep of the medals.

Two of the top three teams in the doubles division also hailed from Lawrence. LHS students Tim Jipson, 16, and Robbie Kelm, 15, the two youngest bowlers in doubles, won the gold while Sexton and partner Larry Caldwell took the bronze.

"I've never won anything in a tournament before," Jipson said. "So I was like, all right I'm going to come in and win this one. I didn't bowl well at all in singles, but together we did well in doubles. Mission accomplished."

Jan Meyers of Baldwin City won women's singles. She defeated Pam Dunn of Lawrence, 232-201 in the championship game.

"I was very surprised," Meyers said. "I wasn't expecting to do as well as I did. I'm still in shock, my hands are like ice right now. I'm extremely happy that I was able to win a gold medal."

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